Frankfort48 Film Contest

June 20-22, 2019

Thank you to everyone who attended and contributed to the 2nd Annual Frankfort48 Film Contest in June 2018.

Aspiring filmmakers were invited to create a 3-to-5 minute film celebrating the beauty of northern Michigan.

Participants had 48 hours to conceive their ideas, scout locations, film, edit, and present their masterpiece.

All films were presented and judged during a public screening at The Garden Theater on Saturday, June 23.

Save the date for the 3rd Annual Frankfort48 Film Contest, happening June 20-22, 2019.

Frankfort48 Prizes

Cash and prizes were awarded to the top three Frankfort48 filmmakers:

  1. First place - $500 and two VIP passes to the 2018 Frankfort Film Festival

  2. Second place - $250

  3. Third place - $100

All filmmakers received six complimentary VIP Badges to the screening night Pre Show Party and Film Screenings.

Traverse Traveler Choice Award

One of this year's films was named The Traverse Traveler Choice Award winning film and will be featured in a promotional ad for next year's Frankfort48 Film Contest. The ad will air on the Traverse Traveler Visitors Channel, playing in over 3,000 hotel rooms in the greater Traverse City area. The winner will also receive a prize package along with the opportunity to take part in the ad creation.

Frankfort48 Winners

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the 2nd Annual Frankfort48 Film Contest. For those who couldn't join us for the public screening, here are the top three films picked by our judges.


first place: all the way to the moon


second place: Assumptions


third place: Yours,


Traverse Traveler Choice Award: Garth Trek


Frankfort48 by Jess Jacklin

Frankfort48 Film Judges

A panel of celebrity judges took part in the 2nd Annual Frankfort48 Film Contest.

Michael Bofshever is an accomplished actor, director, teacher, author and moderator in the entertainment field for over forty years. Amongst his many film credits: A Dog's Purpose, United 93, Housebroken, Dirty Deeds, Crime of the Century, and A Low Down Dirty Shame. A veteran of episodic television, Mr. Bofshever was a series regular on the hit Disney Channel show The Jersey, in addition to recurring roles on Breaking Bad, True Blood, and The Shield. He also works as moderator for film and television discussion for the SAG Conversation Series. Mr. Bofshever is the author of Your Face Looks Familiar…How To Get Ahead as a Working Actor, (Heineman Drama Press) which is the basis of his seminar, "The Journey of the Working Actor." A highly regarded acting teacher and coach, Michael is recognized as “one of the finest acting teachers in Los Angeles,” (Smith & Krauss).  In 2017 Michael made his cinematic directorial debut with the short film Echo Park Blues, which screened in film festivals nationwide.

Jamie Donnelly is most popularly known as “Pink Lady” Jan in the film Grease, with John Travolta and Olivia Newton- John, a role she played on Broadway, seven years before the film version. Jamie made her Broadway Debut at age seventeen as Lulu in Kander and Ebb’s first show, Flora the Red Menace. Jamie also originated the role of Ethel Levy Cohan in George M!  Her television credits go as far back as Six Million Dollar Man, up to her reoccurring role in the second season of Ray Donovan with Liev Schreiber and currently appears in the web series, All Down Hill From Here. She is utterly delighted to be performing again with her all time favorite, Tim Curry, with whom she first appeared as Magenta/Trixie in the original American production of The Rocky Horror Show.

Stephen H. Foreman earned his BA in English with minors in philosophy and German from Morgan State, and an MFA in playwriting and dramatic literature from the Yale School of Drama. Stephen has had diverse and illustrious careers as a social worker, a professional stage manager, a teacher at various colleges, universities and writers conferences, a screenwriter, director and is currently developing his career as a novelist. His film and television credits include The Resolution of Mossie Wax, The Jazz Singer, The Unknown American, and Cougar. Forman has authored two novels, Toehold and Watching Gideon, and is currently working on his third project, The Education Of A White Boy, a memoir of his years at Morgan State. He now lives and writes in the Catskill Mountains.

Frankfort48 Film contest Sponsors

Our sincerest gratitude to our sponsors for their support of the 2nd Annual Frankfort48 Film Contest.